How do I create a website (for free) that showcases music?
I want to help out my cousin who is a singer and musician create a website that has samples of her work. I know that WordPress doesn't allow for video or audio uploads. Do you have any suggestions on what would be a good way to create it for her? Thanks!
I'm going to assume you are trying to use Wordpress.org. The Wordpress.org has really good domain authority. However, you cannot beat the flexibility of using a site from Wordpress.com Wordpress is king when it comes to seo. If you use Wix or any free site, your SEO will suffer and the interface of Wix templates is not so custom friendly.
I suggest you save some money. buy a cheap template from Theme forest or another template. The easiest Wordpress site that can be set up very easily is on Namecheap. Choose a template that will embed video and audio from youtube and other multimedia sites. Save up $100 and pay a small hosting fee. You get what you pay for. We all want a bargain, but if you go too cheap, it will be counterproductive and you will waste lots of time. Its like trying to sharpen a pencil with a kitchen knife vs spending $10-$20 for a pencil sharper. There is always a tradeoff.
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If you are having troubles in launching wordpress.org then you can go for Wix.com or Weebly since you just need for samples of your cousin's work.
I still think if you can put some money in wordpress.org remember it's not wordpress.com, then you can make any kind of video library based website. its a matter adding free of cost available plugins.
You just need to buy a WordPress hosting plan from https://www.siteground.com/index.htm?afcode=43294d0a0cee8e6eb3db6bfe0b6b4b26 or bluehost.com. Once you register then the technical staff of these hosting website will help you to install WordPress.
There are a lot of plugins some examples are given below
Also take a look at www.soundcloud.com it might be a way to go.
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Wix.com makes it easy for musicians to sign up and add their music to their site. It's also a good idea to have a mailing list to grow listener base over time, Wix has that option as well. Check out my music marketing blog for tips on getting your music out: Music Marketing Strategies
have you heard of BandVista? It's a perfect web builder for musicians. It's free and super easy to handle, plus it allows audio and video uploads. Here's some info on it, just in case
Website Builders for Musicians
Hope it helps!
This is an old question but I feel like I should add a great resource to the list. A lot of artists are using Reverb Nation and I highly recommend giving it a shot even if you have already set up a website. Tons of venues and promoters have accounts allowing artists to book shows directly, set up tours and have a calendar of events. There are tons of tools; build an electronic press kit, check local artist ranking, set up a bio, post pictures or videos, you can showcase and even sell your music from your artist page. Its free but has some premium features that you can purchase if you so desire.
Hope that helps!
Your easiest option: Go with a service like www.wix.com, weebly.com, or something like that (I like Wix). It's easy to direct your page to your own domain name too.
After you get a site on one of those, just join up www.soundcloud.com or another music service that allows playlists to be embeded (I think reverbnation does it as well).
Then build your playlists in soundcloud, and drop the embed HTML into an HTML widget on your Wix page and you'll be good to go once you hit *publish*.
Hi, you have several options but I have listed a few for you to look at and review. Some are free others not, the free sites can have limitations. Anyhow see what you think, Cheers Richard studio2u
"Continuous Player" (Wordpress Theme) - http://alohathemes.com/shop/music-themes-themes/continuous-player/
* Lets you play music on the left, but still are able to navigate to pages on the right hand pane.
* Note sure if you after such a large 'playing' sound presence, but will let you choose what you're after.
* Was different to quite a lot of other templates in the way it works
* Though the template is not actually "Response" to mobile browser, it still worked well on my iPhone.
* Seems to at least have taken into consideration the template working well with music websites like soundcloud etc, as most of these multimedia template tent for focus on video and images.
* It is a very specific styled theme, so not too sure how easily it is to morph it into something that looks totallyh different from the original functionality - Obviously can change images, pictures, and backgrounds etc, but am just talking about the way it works with that left and right hand content areas.
"Surplus" (Wordpress Theme) - http://winithemes.com/templates/wordpress/surplus-1751
*Here's what someone else has done with this theme: http://www.whereghostssleep.com - I notice they've got a video and also a SoundCloud widget. Not sure if they've used the template as-is, or if they've hacked it to get it the way they want, but nevertheless, it's an example.
* This theme is responsive (ie to mobile screens) - Try dragging your browser window really narrow (try it on both the Demo link and the WhereGhostsSleep link above) - Or try going to those sites on you mobile.
"Scrollider" (wordpress theme) - http://www.woothemes.com/products/scrollider/
* I've used template from this company before (woo themes) and they have quite comprehensive templates compared to *some* others.
* Again, this template is responsive (drag browser window really narrow and watch it change to accommodate screen real estate as you drag it)
* Looks like a template that is fairly customisably modular which often makes it easier have things the way you want it to be (within the overall design limitations of course)
* Can handle much more content than you're initially wanting, but obviously can be cut down to only show a small amount of content too.
* It would be worth you looking around all the other themes on this website ie on http://www.woothemes.com
This WooThemes site also had the "Simplicity" template (http://www.woothemes.com/products/simplicity/, demo: http://demo.woothemes.com/?name=simplicity) that http://lifechangingevents.net.au site that I worked on is done in. Though it is not actually responsive to mobile browse, it is a nice clean theme.
"Immmersion" (wordpress theme)
Demo: http://demo.graphpaperpr ess.com/immersion/
* This is the one your liked from the first email
* Is responsive as you drag the window narrower
* Doesn't look like the home page layout is very customisable
* It could be the simple-but-effective one?
* It would be worth you looking around all the other themes on this website ie on http://graphpaperpress.com
"http://www.devinwhetstone.com" (that website Beck was mentioning on the phone that time. It's not wordpress, it looks like straight HTML)
* Nice interface for video
* Not responsive to mobile browser screens
* Pleasing to the eye
"Soundcheck" (wordpress theme) - http://press75.com/view/soundcheck/
* Tailored to sound/music, not sure if it's what you're really after, but thought I'd throw it in.
* Can upload your own mp3's for it custom player. - The downside is that, you probably really just want to use Soundcloud etc, and may not want to use the built in playing components.
* Not responsive
* Is a bit of a different one to a lot of the others.
"Music Pro" (wordpress theme) - http://themeforest.net/item/music-pro-music-oriented-wordpress-theme/1582368?ref=lvraa
* One of the better 'customised for sound/music' themes.
"EPROM" (wordpress theme) - http://themeforest.net/item/eprom-wordpress-music-theme/3737930?ref=lvraa
* Another good music oriented theme
* Seems like quite a comprehensive theme.
"Streamline" (wordpress theme) - http://my.studiopress.com/themes/streamline/
* A more business style oriented theme
The last three came from this music oriented list which is worth checking out: http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2013/01/wordpress-music-theme.html
Another site with good set of re-usable theme templates are:
http://www.elegantthemes.com - eg the Fusion theme, or others, on this page: http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/
Here are some other websites that i googled, relating to sound and video production:
They're not necessarily good examples, though....
http://www.louderthanwords.com.au - seems mainly geared to video though
http://www.katharasstudios.com - An interesting one, in that all the "pages" of the site are swiped in from right to left or similar. Doesn't work 100% well on my iphone, but is pretty decent. Try it. Not wordpress, straight HTML with possible some third party package to do that slider interface.
http://www.stellarstudios.com.au - Basic site that looks like its been there for a while. Not mobile responsive.
http://www.redlinesoundstudios.com.au/studio/default.asp - another basic-ish site.
http://www.brainestorm.com - This does look like a wordpress site. Using what looks likes a slightly modified "TwentyTen" theme, which is one of the free default wordpress themes: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentyten/ DEMO: http://2010dev.wordpress.com
Although I've never used this site i know others who have and like the options available- http://bandzoogle.com/
They offer free and reasonably paid options for bands.
Just as the pictures are often very useful to show something together, sequentially or in some kind of order, as we can do in WordPress but with videos. Thanks to a plugin we can add a video gallery in the sidebar, or even add it to a page or post via a shortcode. It's Youtube Channel Gallery. This plugin is great and free. We just have to get it, install it and activate it as all WordPress plugins. To personalize going to Appearance / Widgets. Drag it to the area you want and can start configuring. In the next image, we dragged the sidebar. You can check my web site pisodoce in the right sidebar I used Youtube Channel Gallery.
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I use wix.com for my website (www.wix.com). You can design your own site, manage it yourself with very little effort and web-savvy as well as load videos/audio to it.
Also, the basic site is completely free.
Soundcloud.com lets you do it but only so much time is free. And then you link widgets or RSS back to your soundcloud page. It's basically a server. As a premium user with a pro+ Plan for reading public domain short stories, their interface annoys me. But if you already intend to link through a website the users wouldn't be on the soundcloud page.
MySpace.com might be worth looking at if you haven't checked it out recently. This social networking site has tried to be a lot of different things over the years, but in 2013, it regained focus as a site for musicians to showcase their works (probably because Justin Timberlake became a part owner around that time).
Thanks to everyone for the great replies. I know she has posted lots of her stuff on YouTube and has a facebook page. I suggested to make her a personal site so she would look more professional and I was also going to design business cards that provide the web address. I have a wix.com and a wordpress site, so I know how to build them that way. I know she doesn't want to pay for a domain name yet, so I think I'll do the wordpress or wix.com site for her with the right plug ins. I have taken many courses in HTML and CSS and would love to design the site from scratch, but we would have to pay for a domain, but thanks for all the comments! Much appreciated.
If you want to build her an individual website, wix.com or weebly.com might be the best free options.
Soundcloud, however, allows for a lot of very convenient features and remarkably easy downloading. It also integrates well into a lot of different platforms. Soundcloud's also a great tool for promotion as there's a social network aspect built in.
There are many examples at this time of successful artists that have posted video's on YouTube. The advantage is that YouTube can attain many viewers quickly, where a website will not bring much attention until there is significant and very unique notice first. Good idea to do both. Can't beat live performance video though.
I go with my favourite answer: try wix.com
It's template based and all you need to do is fill in the blanks, upload your own pictures and videos and it's completely free.
You can link to social media sites and you can add keywords.
It's a great and easy way to start off with. Upgrading (once your cousin wants to) is easy enough and doesn't cost a fortune. He can have a free wix domain such as yourname.wix.com or your own domain if you upgrade to one of their packages.
The only thing you can't do is add an online store. However you can add stand alone products such as MP3's, or CD's or DVD's and sell them through the site by adding a Paypal button to the product.
Everything is customisable and easy to use.
That's just my preferred option. Not everybody likes it but you can even build a template completely from scratch without anything on it if you don't like the templates that they provide.
It's a start. Good luck
I'm going to give you an option of giving you another option. Wordpress, as Remy said, does allow uploads. The other option is to learn HTML/CSS and build a site yourself.
What I would expand upon here is your requirement to build one for free. Wordpress and HTML do require an actual website so you'll need a domain name and hosting which do both cost money. A Wordpress hosted site i.e. mysite.wordpress.com will not allow you to upload unless you upgrade to a premium membership option.
Be careful with soundcloud.com. They took the recordings from a friend of mine and wanted to charge him to get them back, so it isn't completely free.
MySpace is a good start for musicians, it originally was for everyone until FaceBook came about. MySpace is great for music.
I have a lot of friends who post their music on Youtube. not copy written material, and post this on their FB and twitter. I have done this being a musician and it can get some great play if you do it right.